Maradona's signing for FC Barcelona

Maradona's signing for FC Barcelona
Maradona poses on the lawn of Camp Nou the day of his presentation as new player of Barça (Pinterest)

It is considered by most experts as the best footballer of all time. Today we will discuss the signing of Maradona by FC Barcelona, an incorporation which was a record in the time that occurred.

Incredibly, the signing of Maradona by culé whole it was brewing for more than 5 years. In 1977, Josep Maria Minguella Argentine star was playing for the first time. At that time only he had 16 years and then recommended his transfer to FC Barcelona (at that time the price was about 100.000 Dollars) but the Catalan club dismissed, I was too young.

'The fuzz’ He dazzled in those years Argentinos Juniors it yielded to Boca Juniors. Maradona He was able to be crowned top scorer in Argentina 5 occasions, something that nobody has ever failed. It was then that negotiations to close its incorporation by the Barça They resumed in a much more serious.

According to account the own Minguella in this article published in the newspaper Sport, I had to meet with the Commissioner for Argentinos Juniors, Domingo Tesone, who pulled a gun from his pocket and placed it on the table as agreed the details of the transfer.

Finally the signing of Maradona it closed at a record. 1.200 million pesetas (just over 7 millions of euros) That way the 4 June 1982 the best player in the world came to Barcelona.

Signing Maradona
Maradona on the day of his presentation as new FC Barcelona player (Four Four Two)

His career in the Barça it was not simple. Diego he completed 2 seasons Barca shirt but both had two serious problems that prevented him perform at peak level and be available to play.

In the 1982-1983 It was a hepatitis he had off the pitch for three months or. Nonetheless, Maradona disputed 30 matches (scoring 20 goals) in all competitions in that first season and Barça He lifted two titles, the Spanish Cup and League Cup. further, the opponent in both finals was Real Madrid and Diego went cheered the Santiago Bernabeu after scoring a goal.

In the 1983-1984 there was a play that marked the season Argentine star. Defender Athletic Club de Bilbao, Goikoetxea, he made a tough entry that broke her ankle. Again, for three months.

Once recovered, FC Barcelona and Athletic the faces were in the final of Copa del Rey. The Basques achieved victory 1-0 and after the match the players of both teams staged one of the most embarrassing pitched battles in living memory, as we discussed in another article. Maradona justice for his hand and he was taken and others were punished harshly.

This fact and its tense relationship with FC Barcelona led the march directive Maradona al Naples Italian which itself gave a great level (winning several titles including two Italian leagues) plus World Champion with his selection in Mexico '86.

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